Local school districts receive $50,000 in school safety grants

ERIE, Nov. 1 – Two local school districts have been selected to receive a combined $50,000 in state grants to improve safety at their schools, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said Thursday.

The two local grants were among $12.4 million awarded to districts statewide through the recently enacted school safety law that was passed by legislators earlier this year.

“Ensuring our children’s’ safety should be our number one priority,” Bizzarro said. “Every child should be able to go to school and feel safe. I was proud to support this law, happy to see the state’s investment in our local schools and I will continue to work to protect the safety of all children in Pennsylvania.”

The statewide grants awarded included:

  • General McLane School District, $25,000

  • Millcreek Township School District, $25,000

Grants can be used to perform school safety assessments; purchase security-related technology and equipment; support school safety-related and behavioral-health trainings; prepare all-hazards plans; hire school resource officers, school police officers, school counselors, social workers and school psychologists; and provide for trauma-informed approaches to education. 

More information about the program can be found on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security webpage at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/default.aspx.